By Peninsula Daily News staff
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NEAH BAY — The Coast Guard medically evacuated a 72-year-old woman reportedly suffering stroke-like symptoms from the cruise ship Norwegian Pearl 17-miles northwest of Neah Bay today (Monday, July 8).
The Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound Command Center in Seattle received a call at about 11 p.m. Sunday from the Norwegian Pearl requesting a woman be medevaced off the ship.
Sector Puget Sound conducted a conference call between the duty flight surgeon and the Norwegian Pearl's physician to discuss the patient's symptoms and best course of medical action. Both parties agreed the patient should be removed from the ship, as the next port of call for the cruise ship was in two days.
A crew from the Coast Guard base in Neah Bay launched a 47-foot rescue boat and arrived on scene at abut 12:40 a.m. to transfer the patient off the Norwegian Pearl.
The patient, who was not identified, was taken to the Neah Bay station, transferred to an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from the Port Angeles Coast Guard station and then airlifted to Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles.
There is no immediate update on her medical condition.